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USPP Officers Arrest Man Firing M-15 In Park

Rock Creek Park

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Park Police officers Eric Basek and Andrew Watson were on patrol of Rock Creek Park just after 2 a.m. on June 5th when they heard a series of gunshots from within the park. The officers immediately headed towards the sound of the gunfire to investigate. While searching Beach Drive, they came upon two vehicles and three males in Grove 10. The officers took the three men into custody and made the scene safe. During the on-scene investigation, one of the men admitted he was firing a rifle and told the officers that it was in the trunk of one of the vehicles. An Armalite M-15 rifle, high capacity magazines, and ammunition were recovered. The man was arrested and charged with District of Columbia violations. The officers in this case are to be commended for their brave and quick response. By relying on their good judgment and police training, they were able to safely arrest the man without injury to themselves, to him, or to the public.



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